Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It is surprising that the New York Jets have gone to so much trouble to sign the washed-up actor, Brett Favre, who didn't even get the girl (Cameron Diaz, pictured left) in his most successful film There's Something about Mary. I can't even think of another film he's done since then. Still, the Jets want him to be -- of all things -- their quarterback. I don't get it, and neither does Allen Barra of the Wall Street Journal. It seems that Favre's former team, the Green Bay Packers, couldn't get rid of him quickly enough.
According to the Boonville Daily News, the terms to the deal are as follows:
Green Bay will receive a fourth-round pick in 2009. Of course the selection could turn into a third-rounder if Favre plays in 50 percent of the plays this season, a second-rounder if he plays in 70 percent and the Jets make the playoffs, or a first-round pick if he plays in 80 percent and the Jets make it to the Super Bowl.
It's terms like these that make me think that negotiating contracts for professional athletes and other celebrities must be a lot of fun. There's lots of room for creativity. There's also lots of room for disputes. What if the Jets make it to the Super Bowl the way the 1985-86 Bears did -- with defense and a running game? What if Favre's performance is essentially irrelevant? What if they bench him down to 79.9% of the snaps when they realize they are going to the Super Bowl based on their monstrous defense? Bad faith?
Alas, it seems these issues will not arise, as the Jets, who were 4-12 last year, do not seem to be turning things around. My quick review of the sports pundits, e.g., here suggests that nobody is predicting greatness for the Favre-led Jets.